Christians targeted across Egypt in civil war violence

It’s been another violent day in Egypt today as both sides report dozens of fighters killed.

It’s a sad situation and very inhumane. Last week’s news that hundreds of protestors had been killed was jolt of reality. While we live in an advanced society of strong human rights in most of the world, there remain places where government leaders will summarily execute its own people.

An Egyptian man prays in this Associated Press photo.

An Egyptian man prays in this Associated Press photo.

The situation is so volatile and violent, that not even Christians are safe. In fact, they are being singled out for persecution across the country.

I wanted to take today to round up the various stories and viewpoints on this incident of religious persecution. It deserves its own spotlight.

The Globe and Mail in Toronto outlines the basic conflict. Christians have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt, where they make up 10 per cent of the population of 90 million.

Coptic Christians have been targeted. A Wikipedia entry explains who they are.

A story in the Christian Science Monitor breaks down the simmering tension between Christians and Muslims in recent months.

Why would Christians be targeted so fiercely? It seems they are blamed for the rise of opposition that has built over many months against the entrenched Muslims who control Egypt.

I am reaching out to York County churches. I did a map of missionaries some months ago and nobody reported any missions to Egypt, but I will check again.

In the meantime, what is your opinion on the violence in Egypt?

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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One Response to Christians targeted across Egypt in civil war violence

  1. Global Christian says:

    For some of the most comprehensive, up to the minute reporting on the sufferings of Christ’s body in Egypt (and elsewhere in the Muslim world) check out the “Church News” and “Town Hall” sections of the discussion forum of http://www.byzcath.org.

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